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Washington Monument Commemorative Ribbon

Washington Monument Commemorative Ribbon
Title
Washington Monument Commemorative Ribbon
Date 
1847
Medium 
Silk
Dimensions 
Overall: 7 3/4 x 2 3/4 in. ( 19.7 x 7 cm )
Description 
White silk souvenir ribbon with copper engraved image of plan for Washington Monument; printed in black with "TO THE/ GOOD AND THE GREAT/ FIRST IN WAR- FIRST IN PEACE- AND FIRST IN THE/ HEARTS OF HIS COUNTRYMEN./ In honor of laying the Corner Stone of the/ WASHINGTON MONUMENT,/ BY THE ASSOCIATION,/ OCTOBER 19, 1847./ TRUSTEES./ E.K. COLLINS,/ JOHN LEVERIDGE,/ JOSEPH C. HART,/ HENRY STORMS,/ THOMPSON PRICE,/ W.C.H. WADDELL,/ CALVIN POLLARD,/ JOHN PAINE,/ WILLIAM F. PLATT,/ WILLIAM HALL,/ HAMILTON FISH,/ ELIAS G. DRAKE,/ SHEPHARD KNAPP."
Object Number 
INV.2855
Inscriptions 
Handwritten note with ribbon: "Silk Badge worn by Joseph LeViness Capt. of the "Washington Grays" at laying on corner-stone of the Washington Monument New York, Oct 19 1847 (with view of proposed monument) presented by his son Wmst LeViness Nov 17., 1909"
Gallery Label 
This ribbon commemorates the laying of the first cornerstone of the Washington Monument in 1847. Major construction took place between 1847-56 and 1876-84, although plans for a national monument began as early as 1783. The President's death in 1799 rekindled public interest in the previously proposed memorial, and with the leadership of John Marshall and James Madison, a 1936 design competition chose architect Robert Mills' neoclassically inspired obelisk and collonade design represented here.
Due to ongoing research, information about this object is subject to change.
Creative: Tronvig Group